Galerie NOKO features works by various artists offering diffuse socio-political, cultural or traditional views on contemporary culture. The re-evaluation and presentation of perceptions and conjectures by our modern and contemporary artists is aimed at facilitating and enhancing the discussion of artistic observations and engagements.
Galerie NOKO serves as a fulcrum for dialogue through thematically structured group and solo exhibitions and our programmes are purposed to optimise the generation and dissemination of visual narratives. We foresee in our pursuits a parallel attempt in our community to develop diverse and multicultural approaches. It is with an integrated focus of exhibiting both local and international artists at various points of development in their careers that the gallery is well positioned to show new, fresh and established visions.
Our core mandate is to operate and maintain an accessible art gallery for the development of better public understanding and appreciation of art. We serve as an art advisory and consultancy sounding board to art collectors and the art community at large. Our partnership with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to present projects reinforced our capacity to connect the academic space and art with the community
Since Galerie NOKO opened in 2014, it has exhibited more than one hundred and sixty five artists in over thirty nine exhibitions interspaced with community development projects, Panel discussions, Talks and Workshops. Our exhibitions, programs and projects has brought visual metaphors and artists who have never been seen or heard of in Port Elizabeth or the province to audiences. Galerie NOKO has participated in international art fairs including the Cape Town Art Fair and Johannesburg Art Fairs. This year we participate for the first time at the 2018 RMB Turbine Art Fair presenting artists Chepapo Khehla Makgato, Brunn Kramer, Johan Bloom and Ludwe Mgolombane.
Based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa Galerie NOKO implements and hosts the New Now Next emerging artists competition since 2014. This competition and Award is conceptualized to bridge the gap and act as a springboard for young artists under the age of thirty five to help them find their foothold in the industry. Galerie NOKO single-mindedly pursues breaking of boundaries to expand the narratives of visual art and connect audiences and collectors with artists across Africa and the African diaspora.